Tag Archive | for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son

The Answer Isn’t Blowing in the Wind

If you are observing what is currently going on in the news and the world around us, you can’t help but see society and it’s foundations are beginning to crumble. Lawlessness rules many cities. Abuses of babies, children and the elderly are at an all time high. Governments are continually extending limitations of people’s freedoms in the name of the “pandemic.” Suicide rates are up. Alcoholism is increasing. The world has become a much different place than it was even eight months ago.

The one thing that has not changed is God’s love for people. Just over 2000 years ago He sent His Son to earth as a baby. That baby would grow to become a sinless man willing to lay down His life in order to offer salvation to any that would make a decision to be born again, take up their cross and follow Him.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. ( John 3:16)

It is a wonderful thing to know that we can not only have eternal life after this one, but a life of peace and true joy despite the world that currently surrounds us by believing in and following Jesus Christ.

If you haven’t done so, today is the day of salvation for you! Don’t wait until it is too late. Jesus Christ is going to appear soon for His Church. He will be removing His church before God’s wrath is poured out on this world of ours. He could appear any day!

Don’t wait and miss His appearing! Today pray this prayer with me and ask Jesus Christ into your life.

Dear Lord: I am a sinner in need of forgiveness and cleansing. I have lived a life without You and today I ask for forgiveness. My desire is to know you as my Savior and my Lord. Please accept me as Your child. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and enable me to live life with the assurance that one day I will live forever in eternity with You. Equip me here with the Comforter that I may learn of You and give me a hunger for Your Word (the Bible) that I may grow in my faith and learn of You. Prepare me for your appearance so that I may escape the wrath that is to come. I ask it all in the mighty and powerful name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Praise God! You have been made clean and whole by the power and blood of Jesus Christ. You have become a new creation. Old sins are now passed away! Welcome into the family of God!

Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!  This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.  So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:14-21)

It is vitally important you begin to read the Bible. Perhaps begin with the book of Matthew in the New Testament. It is also important that you begin to associate yourself with other Christians and a church that will be able to help disciple you in your new walk with Christ. Pray and ask God to lead you to find both.

Blessings!

Doo doo doo Lookin’ past my back door..

Beyond

Beyond

Short of living in a bubble, most of us are well aware of the mess this world has become. We only need to pick up a newspaper or read the online news to see that mans inhumanity to man is everywhere, parents are murdering their children, children are murdering their parents, people in positions of leadership are abusing children and wars and rumors of wars are increasing. It is just one hot mess!  Some respond by turning off the news and refusing to expose themselves to anything negative. Some wrap themselves in a family cocoon and don’t look outside their own little world. Some keep themselves busy with their career, job or hobbies and just put the woes of the world out of their mind.  As followers of Christ, we need to be aware of things going on outside of our own four walls. If we have no idea of what is going on in our neighborhoods, communities and the world in general we  have no idea of where or how we can best serve. Missions have been birthed on needs observed.  If we don’t see the need, we can’t provide the solution.  Though the most obvious need  for all is salvation, often before the gospel can be preached or shared other practical needs have to be addressed. For example, going to a drought ridden African country and preaching the gospel alone is not going to accomplish the same  as going there and providing the people with food and water and the gospel.  It is  often the practical demonstration of Christ’s love that  first  draws other’s to our Savior!  The same analogy can  be applied in our own communities. First we see a need, then we offer our service in meeting that need and then have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with others.  Perhaps it’s time for some of us in the body of Christ to look around and see if there are outside needs that God would like us to become involved in. Our mission field doesn’t have to be continents away. It can be just down the street. Pray and ask God to open your eyes to the needs around you and show you how you may be used to meet those needs. He doesn’t require us to be perfect before we can be used. We just need to have a sincere heart and make ourselves available.

Phillipians 2:1-4 NIV 2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Galatians 5:13-14 NIV 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 5:14-16 NIV 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Proverbs 11:25 NIV 25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Why is it so important to look outside our own lives and reach out to others?  This verse sums it all up…

John 3:16 NIV 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.